Melania Trump’s parents received US citizenship
Viktor and Amalija Knavs became Americans thanks to their daughter, a process however fought by Donald Trump.
It’s a sweet paradox. While Donald Trump doesn’t have strong enough words against immigration and certain naturalization processes, his in-laws have just become Americans thanks to the help of their daughter.
Melania Trump’s Slovenian parents received US citizenship on Thursday in an official ceremony, said one of their lawyers, Michael Wildes. Viktor and Amalija Knavs, were sworn in at a naturalization ceremony in New York.
According to CNN, which cites a source familiar with the matter, Melania Trump’s parents have been officially supported in their naturalization process. This expression refers to foreigners who manage to come to the United States legally thanks to the sponsorship of family members who immigrated before them, in particular brothers or sisters, or children.
The “chain migration”
A so-called “chain migration” process, which the Trump administration wants to abolish. The First Lady had also supported her parents to obtain their green card (green card) which allows them to have a permanent residence in the country. Viktor and Amalija Knavs got it last February.
Contacted by CNN, the First Lady’s office did not respond.
Viktor Knavs, who was a car salesman, and Amalija Knavs, a former employee in a textile factory, are over 70 years old. In retirement, they spend most of their time in the United States with their daughter Melania and their grandson Barron.